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Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse

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40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
[ Store ]

701 Division St
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203-4604
United States
phone: (615) 242-3863

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(Place added by: johnrobe)
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Photo of Tilley4
3.05/5  rDev -16%

This, overall, was a bit of a letdown.

I made the trip up to Nashville with plans on hitting all of the liquor stores in the area and this one was fairly high on my list.

The selection was decent, I guess, but nothing that several of the other stores didn't have and the prices weren't that much different. I picked up a bottle of Delirum Nocturnum and a couple of bottles of DFH Raison D' Etre but most everything else I had seen before in my own hometown.

If I make the trip back to Nashville, I will hit this place to see if the selection is any better but I don't know if I will make a special trip for it.

Tilley4, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Graebner
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Pretty much your average liquor store with a better selection. Service isn't great, and I didn't get the impression that anyone knew much about their beers, but they do have quite a selection of them, including some nice shelves of high gravity brews in the liquor side. They also have a good selection of non-high gravity beers, including Sierra Nevada Stout and IPA. All the flying dog stuff including the Horn Dog and similar brews. Also has alot better than avergae stock of Sam Adams offerings, including the seasonal, a few of the unusual regulars (eg: Cherry Wheat), and a really odd-looking chocolate stout for like $15/bottle . Great selection, average everything else.

Graebner, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

As near as I can tell, this is the Wal-Mart of beer/liquor stores. Why do I say that?

First of all, price. The prices on their high-gravity beers were about the lowest I've seen anywhere, with Delirium Nocturnum and Tremens being about $7.50 each, and Arrogant Bastard at $4.99. On the beer side of the store, the prices weren't quite as good (Rogue bombers for $5.29) but the prices for the high-gravity stuff will get me back in there.

Secondly, the selection. The other places I've seen in Tennessee tend to have only a single four-foot bookshelf with high-gravity stuff, but here there was a fairly wide mesh rack filled with all types of beer, and several case stackouts with specials next to the racks. Several items were out of stock (like Old Rasputin and Stone RIS), but even with just what was there, I found plenty of good beers to try.

Thirdly, and this is the major negative -- the atmosphere and orderliness of the place. Not to mince words: I hate Wal-Mart. I don't shop there unless I have to. (I say this as a former employee, to boot.) Frugal McDougal is confusingly oriented, with aisles that are not always parallel, and lots of sharp corners that make it difficult to get a cart through. Fine if you're getting a bottle or two to take home that afternoon, not so much if you're stocking up on a few-times-a-year trip. My fellow customers were rude and pushy, and the overall atmosphere was fairly unpleasant. They also only have one bathroom, over on the beer side, and it doubles as a broom closet.

They also stock quite a bit of wine and liquor -- my fiancee picked up quite a bit of stuff she'd been itching to try. Checkout was painless; we spent nearly two hundred dollars there, and everything was neatly packed into cases for easy travel. One of the employees even carried it out to my car for us.

I didn't discuss beer with the employees on the liquor side, but the guy on the beer side chatted ably about various stouts they carried, and seemed reasonably knowledgable overall.

The only reason the service score isn't higher is because they wouldn't let me split the four-packs of Belgians. I was hoping to make a mixed pack for tasting, but had to settle with just taking a single four-pack with me. Not as friendly to the beer geek as I would have liked.

I'll go back again, but it's also not in the best part of town -- as we were sitting in the car deciding on a plan of action after getting our beer, a loud argument broke out between two individuals right next to my car. Seemed like the kind of place where that happens a lot.

danielharper, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of BamaScholar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I was pleased overall with my trip to the Warehouse. There is a good selection of micros on the < 6% ABV side with some interesting breweries I haven't seen elsewhere in Nashville. They have party pigs of Yazoo, which is the only place I have seen them other than Woody's in Franklin which carries growlers...

As far as the higher ABV stuff, I saw the requisitie Chimays and other Belgian varieties. I was disappointed to see no Dogfish Head in stock (sold out), but picking up the last Sierra Nevada Celebration sixer made up for it.

Service was Jekyll/Hyde. The guy on the "lower side" was helpful, suggesting unique offerings and discussing relative freshness dates with me. Then I asked if I could mix some Unibroues on the other side because there were several loose of La Fin du Monde, Maudite, and Trois Pistoles, but he said no, despite them being the same price.

All in all, I'll return. Prices were higher on Rogue bombers than I would have liked, but I picked up Baltika pints for 1.99 per.

BamaScholar, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of fromage
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

For some reason I don't make it over here all that much, but I should start alternating with Midtown Wine and Spirits. MW&S probably has a little more beers under 6%, but I've had quality issues with them. Same with FMcD. Beer just has a tendency of sitting around in Nashville. I've got a rapport with Paul at MW&S but haven't really befriended anyone yet at FMcD, so I can't say much about service either. Selection on the liquor side, however, is worth mentioning. I think they have a slightly better turnover than MW&S and tend to get rarer beers. I've seen JW Lees, Rochefort, and Stone Ruination here and never at MW&S. (Although I haven't seen Celebration, Pranqster, or Gonzo here--they'll probably show up). Both have a fairly small selection, but it's good for the most part. It's a crapshoot! Go to both if there's something you really want. I would venture that FMcD is generally a little cheaper, although their Rogue bombers are 5.25 instead of 4.25 at MW&S, although the last one I bought there was bad.

fromage, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of moocey
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Half of Frugal's is for beer, the other half of the store has wine, liquor, and high-gravity beer. The cutoff for the beer side seems to be around 6%. They have a great selection of both high and low abv beers at the lowest prices I've been able to find in Nashville. On the high-abv side they stock plenty of DogfishHead, Stone, Rogue, Terrapin, and several belgians. The beer side of the store has a wide variety of low abv beer with a good selection of the local fare such as Yazoo. The employees are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. This is the place to go if you're looking to buy good beer in Nashville.

moocey, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

I was told things about this place that weren't so good, but it was close to where I was staying, so I still sought it out. As with all the other shops in Nashville, you have to go in a separate door for standard beer than wine and liquor (and big beers). I checked out the liquor side first because I'm more interested in micro brews than macros.

Turns out this place is much better than people said. It's relatively large. They have more craft beer than most of the other places I went and the selection was pretty good. The service was ok, but nothing special. They had some hard to find Dogfish Head stuff as well as some other really cool stuff. It's worth checking out if you're in the area.

clvand0, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Frugal has two sides as all the places in Nashville do. The liquor side has the higher alcohol brews and the beer side has all the beer. If the liquor side had more than a handfull of selections I would have given the selection a 4 due to the beer side. The beer side was loaded with plenty of familiar beers, some a little pricey.

The liquor side had a single shelf of beers, mostly singles and most fairly pricey. Also the computer did not have the beers in it and the cashier had to enter them by hand.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

I'll second johnrobe's take on this establishment. Not great, but you can find some good products in the American micro and regional brewery categories. In addition to Rogue, Redhook and the like, they carry local beers from the Bohannon/Market Street brewery and some southern regionals like Dixie and Abita.

Be sure to check out the "liquor side" of the store. Under TN law, beers above a certain abv can only be sold in liquor stores, so that is where they keep the barleywines, Belgians and other "bigger" beers.

Brent, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of johnrobe
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Frugal's is one of three stores that I know of in Nashville with a decent beer selection. The beer side makes up 1/3 of the store, the other 2/3 are for wine and liquor. The two sides have separate entrances. Overall the selection is varied but limited to some of the better known breweries. British and German varieties are actually in more abundance than U.S. examples. The U.S. items are limited to the "macro-micros" Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Sam Adams, etc. along with local brews from Bohannon/Market Street. Mainstay imports like Hacker-Pschorr, Fuller's, Sam Smith, Chimay and other easily identifiable brands are available. I was disappointed to find some brews that were slightly (by 1 week) beyond their "Best Consumed By" date.

johnrobe, Feb 08, 2003
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Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse in Nashville, TN
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